Saturday, October 3, 2009
Update on Oct. 28, 2010: Although this post features 2010 calendars, most of the companies noted have 2011 versions available now; the links have been updated to point to the new calendars.
Talk about a market niche that's exploded! I wrote about Agendas for a Mom back in 2007, but there are a huge number of products targeted at mothers now. (Note: They all use the words mom or family, never dad or parents. Hmm.) Calendars.com has a whole category dedicated to calendars for moms - and there are a number that the site doesn't have, too! So let's take a look at some of what's out there - calendars and planners that are specifically designed to track multiple family members
1. I've always liked Sandra Boynton's work - so I'll start with her calendar. This is the wall calendar; she also has a desk planner. And if you're in the U.K., you can get a version that says Mum's Family Calendar. [image from calendars.com]
2. I've written about the BusyBodyBook before - and it still looks like a great option, with room to track five people's schedules. You have your choice of formats, too: a spiral-bound planner, a weekly grid pad, or a wall calendar.
3. The Mom's Manager wall calendar has a large grid; it's intended for families of up to six people. [image from calendars.com]
4. The Family Facts wall calendar has large boxes and color-coded rows. The company also has a spiral-bound planner. [via OrgJunkie]
5. The Mom's Plan-It calendar accommodates up to five family members. [image from calendars.com]
6. The Time Too family trackers look very nice. The wall calendar for 2009-2010 is already sold out, but the monthly portfolio planner is still available. [via Cool Mom Picks]
7. MomAgenda is another company I've written about before - and it's worth another mention.
8. Organised Mum has a number of family calendars, with columns to accommodate six family members.
9. Another option is the whoMi color-coded family wall calendar.
10. Graphique de France has the Kim Parker Family Organizer - as well as the Peanuts Family Calendar. Update on Oct. 28, 2010: Graphique de France has neither of those calendars for 2010 - but it does have some other family calendars.
11. The Metropolitan Museum of Art also has a family organizer wall calendar; while there's no picture of the interior, the museum says it has five columns for each day.
12. And from Australia we have the Steve Parish family organiser calendar. Update on Oct. 28, 2010: Steve Parish has many calendars, but I don't see a family calendar for 2011.
13. Amnesty International also sells a 5-column family calendar.
14. BrownTrout makes a lot of calendars - including this family organizer for moms.
And here are a couple calendars that don't specifically have room for multiple people, but accommodate families in other ways.
15. A product called simply The Family Planner leaves you lots of room for dinner planning - and other things.
16. The More Time Moms wall calendar has large squares and comes with lots of stickers for special events. [via OrgJunkie]